Advice bureau helping people

At the Mid Canterbury CAB's one year birthday celebrations are (from left) accredited volunteers Jo Veale, Cathie Withington, Rebecca Perkins, Christine Pattie, Chris Wiltshire, Jackie Girvan, Mary Bailey, Dr Andrew Hubbard (CAB NZ), Andrea Carter, Rosemary Moore, Nikita Begbie, Jeff Withington and Sarah Clifford (co-ordinator).

Mid Canterbury Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has ended a successful first year of operation and many of its volunteers have been recognised with accreditation certificates.

The CAB office at Community House Mid Canterbury opened quietly on December 2 last year and is staffed by a rostered pool of 17 volunteer bureau interviewers.

Public inquiries are fielded face-to-face, via telephone or online and are varied.

CAB Mid Canterbury co-ordinator Sarah Clifford said she was proud of what the Ashburton bureau had achieved in its first 12 months.

CAB volunteers were the backbone of the service and induction training included learning to be interviewers, observation sessions and research.

Inquiries typically centred around legal services, relationships, conditions of work, consumer law, income support, finance and rental housing, she said.

Speaking at last week’s one year birthday celebrations CAB NZ acting chief executive Andrew Hubbard said the Mid Canterbury CAB had made great progress in its first year.

It was the first CAB to be founded from scratch and was proving its worth.

CAB has 85 bureaus nationally and a website ( nz) that is easy to navigate and use.

The Mid Canterbury CAB office is one from 10am until 1pm weekdays, until 4pm on Tuesdays and until 3pm on Fridays.

Inquiries can be made by calling 03 928 8761, or by emailing to nz